Clay Walker is the CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, where he leads the economic development efforts of Sullivan County, Tennessee as well as the marketing and recruitment in neighboring Hawkins County. He has been in his current position since January of 2014. Over the past four years, NETWORKS and its community partners have helped generate more than 3,500 jobs becoming known as “Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day!”
Walker has more than two decades of expertise in economic development, having worked at the community and regional levels and leading his own consulting firm. Accepting the position of Executive Director for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency in 2005, Walker relocated to Tennessee from Kentucky. In KY he had served as Vice President, Economic Development for West Kentucky Corporation, a 45-county organization.
He chaired the Tennessee Economic Partnership last year and is a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council. Walker was recognized as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect in 2017.
Walker is from Paducah, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Murray State University and the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University. Additionally, he is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), as designated by the International Economic Development Council.